JJ had the best possible care in final days of life

Making a donation to this year’s Leamington Spa Rotary Club Trees of Light campaign will help the Myton Hospices provide vital care for those with terminal illnesses and their families.

Jonathon ‘JJ’ Devlin, 31, who as well as having cancer had downs syndrome and was autistic, spent his final days with the Myton team.

During JJ’s time at the hospice his sister Lisa Howes noticed the little touches which made a big difference.

She said: “Because of Jonathan’s condition he found certain things very difficult but every one of his needs was met by the Myton team.

“He was only able to communicate through a sign language called Makaton and the doctors and nurses learned a few signs and he was over the moon to be able to talk to them in in this way.

“It became clear very quickly that we were able to to adapt and think on their feet.

“Every time the staff adapted their care it began to feel less and less like a hospice and more like home.

“Jonathan really enjoyed being at Myton and when he fell ill again he signed to say he wanted to go to ‘the nice house with the doctors and nurses’.

“He visibly relaxed and died peacefully not long after.”

The trees of light are shining outside Leamington town hall and St Margaret’s church in Whitnash.

The lights will shine throughout Christmas and the new year.

People can make donations and dedicate a light to a loved one by going online.

The names of those remembered will be displayed at the Royal Priors, outside Leamington town hall, St Margaret’s church and at Whitnash library.

For more information and to make a donation to the cause visit [http://www.mytonhospice.org/treeoflight|www.mytonhospice.org/treeoflight}